Jeep Grand Cherokee – Overview – CarGurus

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Welcome Jeep fans – Grand Cherokee off-road pro has arrived with the upscale fuel-efficient power, car-like and elbow room you so dearly out of previous generations. The 2011 improved on nearly everything this family-fun-size outdoor bringing it once again to the top of the list.

Although the JGC still just 5, the 2011 edition offers ample room for grown folk in the rear. The new engine takes charge of any – beaten or otherwise with 290 horses raging out of the V6, and it will go the distance on 16 mpg city/22 in four-wheel drive (4WD). A new independent suspension softens the while the quiet and elegant invites riders to explore unknown and bring something in the improved cargo area.

you opt for the Laredo, Limited or Overland each offers a 5-speed transmission and rear-wheel drive by default with several 4WD options – all of which are in any flavor except for the Overland-exclusive air suspension. Otherwise you can get a standard experience with Quadra-Trac I, opt up for the II for selectable terrain options and controls, or control every bit of on every wheel with II.

Towing up to 7,400 pounds is no for the JGC when properly equipped, and proper equipment starts the optional 360-hp 5.7-liter V8. you lose about 3 miles on gallon compared to the V6, the additional below and above the usual 5 for engine definitely put the utility in Utility Vehicle.

Standard includes 17-inch alloy wheels, headlights, fog lights, cruise keyless ignition, dual-zone air power driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and a system with satellite auxiliary audio jack and CD – but you will have to up for the Security and Convenience option for USB, iPod and Bluetooth among other things. available for the Laredo are a back-up power passenger seat, upholstery and a serious radio with touchscreen.

The Limited, however, gains all the optional equipment plus wheels, bi-xenon headlights, parking sensors, automatic auto-dimming mirrors, dual-pane sunroof, dual-zone automatic control, driver memory heated seats all around and a shift knob.

Options powered tailgate and steering-wheel plus a heated steering ventilated front seats, system, real-time traffic, of storage for your driving and big 20-inch wheels. The Overland all that plus special interior touches and the option of a Backseat TV entertainment system a normal sunroof.

In terms of features, space and power, the Jeep Grand Cherokee new life into the nameplate and it up to be a real contender. Unfortunately it like this Jeep is like every other you could get lucky, or you could end up in the shop for weeks on end trying to out a phantom issue. Even the is not exempt from the odd problems up in everything from the radio to the including most commonly the key fob and

Perhaps the 2012 will those issues along the exciting re-introduction of the ultra-powerful So far they say the new engine brings it 0 to 60 in just 4.8 seconds – if true, the Jeep Grand just might redefine car.

Model History

The Explorer started a revolution, and the Cherokee was Jeep’s quick to the new demand for a family-size urban utility. Although its Cherokee was selling well at the time, wanted to offer something was still nimble on-road and but with an urban style and comforts for the modern family the standard Cherokee could

The Grand Cherokee has since one of the top-selling SUVs and even at its gained a significant market due to certain design aspects put it well ahead of its time. recently have other made the move to a unibody for their SUV lineup, but the Grand was born that way, benefitting from car-like entry and safety.

The Grand then continued to lead the with its advanced four-wheel-drive technology and generous features, but from grace toward its generation as the competition continued to more room for legs and on top of setbacks from poor and a low-budget look and feel.

The Grand Cherokee debuted for just 2 short years Ford’s Explorer, and already equipped with a driver-side and 4-wheel ABS. The base Laredo and Limited all used a manual transmission by default for the 190-hp 4-liter V6 engine three distinct 4WD systems. options became available that year, along the upscale one-year-wonder Grand powered by a 220-hp 5.2-liter V8.

The model was renamed to SE the following and the V8 carried on as an optional engine the 4-speed automatic transmission The ’95 Grand Cherokee came in SE and Limited flavors a Laredo option package for the SE, but the transmission was dropped for good.

A window joined the one-piece liftgate for ’95 as well, and the V8 some torque in a tweak.

Until the final year of its generation in 1998, the Grand gained only in safety and a few comforts, including cruise switches in the steering wheel, brakes and a passenger-side airbag. A few came and went, such as the ’95-’97 Orvis and the ’97 and TSi. For its grand finale the ’99 overhaul, Jeep a 5.9 Limited Grand Cherokee by a giant 245-hp 5.9-liter V8, could only be mated the automatic transmission and Quadra-Trac engaged 4WD – but it too was short and would be discontinued for the incoming

The second generation brought power, more room, and 4WD innovation in the usual Limited and flavors. Now 4 inches longer and 2 taller with the spare tucked beneath the rear the new Jeep Grand Cherokee also come equipped Quadra-Drive – a new 4WD system sends every bit of power to any at any time. Rear-wheel drive, 4WD Selec-Trac and permanent 4WD Quadra-Trac also still available on models.

The baseline 4-liter V6 10 hp for a total of 195, and the 220-hp V8 was replaced by a more refined and fuel efficient 4.7-liter V8 for 15 additional hp over its predecessor.

For Jeep allowed the V8 in Selec-Trac and models, and added a few comforts as features. The V8 gained a gear in its the following year for a total of 5, an additional overdrive gear for efficiency. The Laredo gained the of the bigger 17-inch wheels now on the Limited, and along with interior touches all Grand also gained a connector for trailer brakes, child anchors, and a rear storage

Jeep got fancy in 2002 and a Sport trim, featuring upholstery and heated mirrors and the Special Edition with CD changer and upscale exterior Topping the upscale cake was the new powered by a 260-hp V8 with fresh styling inside and In addition to the safety features in ’02, the following year saw new seats throughout with the child-seat attachment system for the

In 2004, the final year of generation, the upscale Overland in a rear-wheel flavor, and a navigation joined the options list.

the third-generation Grand Cherokee was 5 longer than its predecessor the interior was hardly roomier for it. The improvements were under the starting with the end of that V6 in favor of a 210-hp 3.7-liter V6 as the engine and a new independent front

The Limited now got a 230-hp 4.7-liter V8 with the option of a 325-hp Hemi V8 featuring Chrysler’s system capable of saving by shutting down half of the while idling or at speed. the only transmission available was the automatic, this time a manual shift gate and gearing for the V8 engines.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

For now all Grand were available as either drive or 4WD, this with differing systems in including Quadra-Trac II or Quadra-Drive II depending on the engine, and the option of and rear limited-slip differentials to go it.

The previously optional 17-inch and two-piece rear liftgate now standard across the board, new options like front and curtain side airbags, obstacle detection, satellite DVD entertainment system, and UConnect cellular system along the usual options of a navigation power-adjustable pedals, heated seats, tire-pressure monitor and an package.

Jeep waited to out the big guns until 2006, an all-new SRT8 and re-introducing the this time with and rear limited-slip differentials, obstacle detection and the UConnect cellular system. However the was the real star of the show being the quickest and most Grand Cherokee ever – pumping 420 horses out of its V8 and losing none of the fun on a sport-tuned but it was only available in all-wheel (AWD).

A new 215-hp 3-liter V6 turbodiesel the optional engines list for along with the options of a camera and remote start, but curtain side airbags now on all models. The 4.7-liter V8 made a big from 235 hp to 305 for 2008, and hill control joined the features

The 2009 5.7-liter V8 boasted 27 more than before for a of 357 hp, and a UConnect multimedia suite a 30GB hard drive and system to the hands-free cellular of previous UConnect packages but nothing changed for the final of the Grand Cherokee’s third except for the elimination of the turbodiesel.

The overhaul quieted critics and road noise – better cabin materials, room for passengers and cargo, the fuel economy and a significantly 290-hp 3.6-liter V6 baseline The fully independent suspension and chassis improved the ride and dynamics to near car-like and the nicely trimmed interior riders in a blissful cone of

The upscale Overland joined the Laredo and Limited starting this time, with the taking a short vacation. has it the 2012 SRT8 zooms zip to 60 in 4.8 seconds thanks to a 465-hp Hemi V8 and special sport but nothing yet on what changes may for the rest of the Grand Cherokee

Used Versions

The most oldies but goodies – by far are the ’97 and newer models the first generation. Although the is still a decent catch, you want to throw it back for all of its Aside from the safety, and feature improvements attracting eyes, you will have to only with oil leaks, a fuel pump and a shaky in a ’97 or ’98 – all of are perfectly fixable on the cheap if the owners didn’t already care of them.

As for the second generation, it seems Jeep didn’t get it right the final model year 2004 – and even you will have issues sensors and suspension. Unless trying to get a date with the there is no reason to buy any earlier in generation, and the price gap proves it. for the $7k+ later model, or be to fork out the $700 difference your first year of on repairs and retrofitting.

In the third the Grand Cherokee apparently through a midlife crisis and what it was built to do – in cold weather does things to this generation. The model years are the ’06 and for both reliability and features, but you still expect to sit in a repair a fair amount, especially if you on using your JGC for its, intended purpose.

In any case, the V6 should be avoided for all but the most purposes, such as commuting and shopping. However, so long as and comfort are not high on the list, a Jeep Grand Cherokee is the companion to bring you to the most locations – just be to treat it very well.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Grand Cherokee
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